Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Candle and Pins by Jacqueline West Review

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Candle and Pins by Jacqueline West

Candle and Pins

The poems of “Candle and Pins” are inspired by familiar—and some unfamiliar—superstitions, ranging from love charms to burial practices, parsley seeds to the evil eye. Like superstitions themselves, these poems explore the terrain where magic and everyday life intertwine, and where beauty, horror, fear, and belief combine in ways both new and ageless.

Toni’s Review Teaser

This little tome hit all the high notes for me. It is a collection that you will want to digest slowly and languidly.

Click here to see the full review on The Misadventures of a Reader

Jen’s Review Teaser

Imaginative horror poetry is a trifecta I am not going to pass up. If you love dark poetry, Candle and Pins is a lovely collection to check out.

Click here to see the full review on Book Den

Emily’s Teaser Review

There was a good variety of poems – some were eerie, some were amusing, some were about relationships, etc. This is a great bit of horror poetry, and I’m very happy that I came across this collection.

Click here to see the full review on Emily’s Goodreads

About Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West
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Jacqueline West is the author of the award-winning middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere. The Books of Elsewhere, Volume One: The Shadows (2010) garnered starred reviews, state award nominations, and a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

Her first YA novel, Dreamers Often Lie (2016), is a dark and twisty romance that braids Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a modern-day teen’s life.

Jacqueline’s poetry has appeared in a variety of print and online publications and has garnered several awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize and two Pushcart nominations. Cherma, her series of poems about Wisconsin’s Bohemian immigrants, is published by the University of Wisconsin’s Parallel Press chapbook series.

Learn more and read interviews in Jacqueline’s bio or read her answers to frequently asked questions.

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